Toughts on Maps : From Orientation to Narratives

Maps have played a significant role in human history, allowing us to navigate and make sense of the world around us. From ancient cartography to modern GPS systems, maps have evolved to provide more than just orientation. They now offer powerful tools for overlaying data, connecting communities, and sharing personal narratives.

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Low res Wikipedia pictures as a reminder that the web was made by humans


As you navigate through the pages of Wikipedia, you may come across a surprise – a grainy, chromatically distorted photograph of a specific place.

It’s a small detail that can easily go unnoticed, but it’s actually a poetic reminder of the human touch on the web, a subtle nod to the fact that it was all built by real people.

In an age where crisp images and algorithms dominate the digital landscape, Wikipedia stands as a beacon of collaboration and community. It is one of the last massive places on the web that is made by hand, collectively, and freely. These pictures, with their imperfections and quirks, remind us of that.

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the web, it’s important to remember the human touch that has always been a part of it. I invite you, the next time you come across one of those grainy Wikipedia images, to take a moment to appreciate the reminder that even in an age of automation, the power of collaboration and community will always be a driving force on the web.

External links
In defense of the poor image
Chromatic Aberration